December 6, 2018
On December 4, 2018, The Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) launched the Authoritarian Interference Tracker, a new interactive tool that tracks and analyzes Russian interference operations across the transatlantic space since 2000.
You can view the Authoritarian Interference Tracker here.
You can also watch the launch event here.
The event to launch the Tracker featured remarks by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), who also engaged in a bipartisan discussion on the national security implications of authoritarian interference for the United States. Estonian Ambassador to the United States Jonatan Vseviov and ASD Director Laura Rosenberger then provided a transatlantic context to the Russian government’s efforts to destabilize democracies and weaken Euro-Atlantic institutions. GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried moderated both discussions.
The Tracker catalogs over 400 incidents of authoritarian interference that the Russian government has employed in 42 countries since 2000, drawing on data from open source reporting and publications. Cataloging incidents involve the usage of five asymmetric tools – information operations, cyberattacks, subversion of political parties and advocacy groups, strategic economic coercion, and malign finance. The Tracker is intended to facilitate greater public understanding of the threats authoritarian interference presents to democracies, and serve as a useful tool for policymakers in developing effective responses to counter foreign interference. It will be updated continuously to reflect emerging developments, and over time expanded to include other actors employing similar tactics.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: “The threat here is trying to divide us; trying to pit people against one another … it’s about putting out information that makes people doubt the news and doubt their government.”
Senator Ron Johnson: “We need to be far more sophisticated in countering (Russian disinformation) … First line of defense is exposure (of the operations).”
Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov: “We are no more at risk than the United States is … That’s because we are not the target. The West is the target.”
Laura Rosenberger: “These operations manifest across the transatlantic space … We need to be developing robust mechanisms to share threat intelligence, provide early warning for each other, alert different governments to new tactics that are emerging and then share the best practices and lessons learned in how to counter this.”